Shark Wars

Shark Wars

Book - 2011
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Since the dawn of time, prehistoric shark clans called Shivers have ruled over the earth's oceans, fierce protectors of all who swim. For eons, the Big Blue has prospered under Shiver Law, and the delicate balance of sea life kept sacred. Until now.

Rising sea temperatures and overfishing have caused food to become scarce, and the battle for new hunting grounds has brought with it corruption and warfare.

Now, with the ocean on the brink of chaos, a young reef shark named Gray - exiled from the safety of his peaceful reef home - must venture deep into Open Water to unlock the secrets of his destiny and bring peace back to the ocean. But first, he'll have to discover the truth about who - and what - he really is.
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, c2011.
ISBN: 9781595143761
1595143769
Branch Call Number: J ALT
Characteristics: 248 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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wmcleod
Dec 20, 2015

" GHray has a war with some bullies and they make Gray travel to different oceans to fight." Review submitted by Aniken for the Minecraft Book Review Raffle.

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Ale_04
Jun 30, 2015

Awesome book this is a must read!

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Harjoban_06
Aug 24, 2013

Awsome book very cool. This book is a must read!!

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

A popular, athletic, impulsive young teen from a small town fights against the rules and constraints his elders place upon him. He's ready to adventure and see the larger world he hears so much about--and that he doesn't hear much about, since he feels too sheltered and much is kept secret from the young in an effort to protect them. He's always getting in trouble for pushing the boundaries and not paying attention in school.
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Then, one day, his selfish rebelliousness goes to far, endangering others, and the unthinkable happens: he gets banished from his town and sent off into the wide world alone. There he finds his elders had good reason to be afraid, for the larger world is dominated by tribal warlords battling for power. His peaceful existence has been replaced by constant death and mayhem--though, to be fair, it's also pretty advanced and awesome, at times making his town seem like a backwater in comparison, with a whole new set of temptations he never imagined.
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At one point he returns to his small town to find it has been destroyed, with many of his friends and loved ones killed. You can't survive alone in a world like this, so he must figure out who to side with in the power struggles and wars, all while hoping to retain some of his integrity and find his scattered friends and family that remain.
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Now: imagine that scenario, except turn all of the characters into sharks swimming in the Big Blue. I mean, it's a basic story almost any kid (or anyone who's been a kid) can relate to, plus it has the huge cool factor of razor sharp teeth and powerful fins tearing enemies to shreds. What's not to like?
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Granted, this is no masterpiece of great writing and complexity, but it gets the appeal factors completely right. It was suggested to me by the mother of a young man who's been devouring the series, and I can see why. By the end I had been so drawn into the character and stories that I was able to turn off my snooty adult literary critic and wanted to know what would happen to the characters in the upcoming books. A very nice effort.
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(Oh, and I quite enjoyed the way Altbacker gave the shark world legends and mythology, starting with a creation myth in the prologue; particularly, the name he gave the cunning father of the scheming mako sharks: Machiakelpi.)

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